The hardiest anglers out there will be able to keep on wading wet for a little while longer, but it’s probably about time to dig the waders out of the closet. Nights are cooler and longer while the days are also cooler but shorter. Water temperatures have fallen well into the 50’s in the trout streams of the Smoky Mountains. Wet conditons look like they’ll set in for the next week or so damp, cloudy conditions will only make it feel even cooler.
Anyone who’s been fishing the Clinch or South Holston has surely had the waders out and with good reason. It was a great weekend on the Clinch and it looks like that should continue on through the week. As usual, it’s a nymphing affair with some pods of dimpling fish eating emergent midges.